Mackay | Things To See and Do

You’ll find nature at its best in the Mackay region. Walk through misty mountains in a national park, see wallabies on the beach at Cape Hillsborough, spot a platypus in the rainforest or charter a boat and reel in a trophy fish just offshore.

Unspoiled Nature

Behold the point where rainforest meets ocean in the rugged Cape Hillsborough National Park, swim in crystal-clear rock pools at Finch Hatton Gorge and search for the elusive platypus in the rivers of the Eungella National Park. On the water, spot dugongs in the designated sanctuary at Clairview or snorkel right from the beach on Keswick Island, one of the southernmost of the Whitsunday Islands on the Great Barrier Reef. 

Fishing

A Net Free Fishing Zone runs from Cape Hillsborough to St Helens, meaning commercial fishing is banned, making it ideal for recreational anglers. Fish right on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef, hook up a monster on a deep-sea expedition or troll around one of the islands just offshore. Inland, head for estuaries or dams in search of freshwater fish. 

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Alligator Falls Track, Bowling Green Bay National Park

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In the Mount Elliot section of Bowling Green Bay National Park, Alligator Creek flows through the landscape in a series of cascades, deep pools and waterfalls. The Alligator Falls track starts from the southern end of the Alligator Creek day-use area.

A Cup of Culture in Mackay

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The prosperity and pioneering heritage of Mackay is reflected within the central business district, a collection of beautifully preserved buildings and art, which give an insight into the region’s interesting history.

The Heritage and Mining Trail

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Tracing the passage of coal from Queensland's Bowen Basin mines, to the port of export to overseas customers, those with an interest in resources and minerals will enjoy The Heritage and Mining Trail of the Mackay region.

Pacific Coast Way

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The Pacific Coast Way links coastal havens, hinterland towns, and major cities all along the east coast, from the Gold Coast to Cairns. The Pacific Coast is a 'big' drive. Take your time: the real journey hides just out of sight, ready to be discovered off the highway.

Pacific Coast Way - Mackay to St Lawrence

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Experience four wheel drive adventures, a coral reef teeming with marine life, beautiful beaches and great camping when you travel the Pacific Coast Way between Mackay and Clairview. This stretch of coast is largely untouched.

Queensland Public Gallery Trail

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The Queensland gallery network is abuzz with exciting activities and beautiful art. Experience local and national art while you travel from A to B through Queensland’s culturally vibrant cities and towns.

The Sweetest Journey, Sugar Trail

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Mackay was barely two years old when the first sugar cane was grown in Queensland and it didn't take long to realise that the fertile river plains of the Pioneer Valley were potential sugar growing fields.

The Kommo Toera Trail

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This magnificent walking track allows you to meander under the shade of towering Melaleuca trees to observe a distinctly unique wetland ecosystem. To access the walk, drive 15 minutes north of Mackay towards the Mackay Marina along Harbour Road.

Mackay Region Drive

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Boasting 31 beaches, one for every day of the month, ancient reefs teeming with life off untouched Great Barrier Reef islands, a lush tropical rainforest and rugged golden hinterland, Mackay is a gem in the Queensland tourism tale.

Follow the Platypus Trail

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Have you ever wanted to see an Australian platypus in the wild? The Mackay Region offers the best and most reliable locations to see these unusual mammals swimming in rainforest creeks and rivers. Journey to Finch Hatton Gorge and Eungella National Park for a natural adventure the family will cherish.
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